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A Global Compact for Mercenaries?

Much of the...Articles of Association [of the Oversight Mechanism of the Intl Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers]...has been agreed. But the areas of disagreement in the latest draft betray real nervousness among the stakeholders about creating an independent and effective secretariat...[T]he charter empowers the OM to receive complaints about violations of the Code from third parties, including victims, but not to adjudicate these or to recommend remedies...[T]he text of the Articles means the OM itself is unlikely to be able to assess reparations to the affected parties...[T]he risk is that ICoC will quickly evolve into little more than a ‘Global Compact for Mercenaries’ – a place where there is a lot of emphasis on learning, but very little evidence of change, little scope for assessing compliance and no contribution to ending impunity more broadly.